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As New York state voters prepare to head to the polls to help decide the most heated and contested presidential primary in recent memory, the New York Catholic bishops are reminding the faithful of their political responsibility in staying true to Catholic doctrine.
“We want to invite you to prepare to vote by becoming familiar with both the candidates and the issues,” the New York State Catholic Conference said in a release on their website. “Just voting for a name you recognize or a party you belong to does not fulfill your responsibility to build a good society where human dignity, personal freedom, care for one another – especially the vulnerable – and the common good prevail as values which should be cherished in our democracy.”
When one hears the word "pilgrimage," the first image to come to mind is that of a long journey to a sacred place to offer prayers to God. In Catholic tradition, those prayers are often offered as penance for sins, as petition for special blessings and favors, or simply out of devotion to honor God.
"Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer" (Catholic Catechism 2691). This earthly pilgrimage is a time of grace and mercy, which God offers, so as to work out this earthly life in accordance with the Divine plan and its ultimate destiny (Catholic Catechism 1013).
On Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, parish leaders from across the Diocese of Buffalo will gather at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, to examine what it means to be deliberate followers of Jesus who are committed to paying it forward. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. each day and will run until 3 p.m. on Friday and until 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Deacon Keith Strohm will be the featured speaker at the “ChurchGROWTH: Growing Intentional” conference. Deacon Strohm, director of New Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Chicago, has traveled extensively as a Catherine of Siena Institute trainer for 11 years. He works with parishes and dioceses helping them proclaim the Gospel, build disciples and equip lay apostles for their work in the world.